Clint WilliamsBoys & Girls Club, Oklahoma County
Clint Williams of Oklahoma City has been named the outstanding mentor for the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County. The Boys & Girls Club's mission is to enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Clint, an artist and musician, has been volunteering with the Club for two years. He initially got involved because of his work with the Grease Trap Gallery, an art gallery in Oklahoma City, and worked one-on-one with a student. After his student moved, Clint continued to volunteer and found a new group of aspiring young artists to mentor. Since then Clint has worked with several elementary-school-aged members.
“Clint has been an unflinching voice of humility and positive creativity in the lives of students who do not always get a chance to find hope through expression in the creative arts,” said LaRissa Conn, director of arts programming and volunteer coordinator for Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County.
Clint prepares art projects and meets with a small group of students each week. Projects have included making buttons from old comics, handmade clay monsters, slime and handmade puzzles featuring drawings composed by the students themselves. In addition, Clint volunteers his time and money to plan each activity and bring the necessary materials.
“Clint has made it a priority to be in the lives of these students each week, and as a result we have some bright young voices ready to speak to affect change in our community,” Conn said. “From his beginnings as an individual mentor, to his influence as a group mentor, Clint has made a pronounced impact on the climate of our Club, and in the individual lives of our students.”